Frequently Asked Questions about the Edible Schoolyard Trainings

Please note: this FAQ page was created for the 2016 Trainings. It will be updated for 2017 as we publish dates and finalize program details.

 
Does my program need to be based in the Bay Area?
We welcome programs from across the United States as well as international programs to attend the Edible Schoolyard Academy. In previous years, Academy participants have come from all over the United States as well as from Denmark, China, Canada, Puerto Rico, and beyond.
 
The Edible Schoolyard Intensive: Farm to School is a national training designed for edible education programs that participate in the USDA’s Food/Nutrition Programs (i.e. the National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program, National School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Programs, or Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program). We welcome participating programs from schools and districts across the United States to attend the Edible Schoolyard Intensive.
Does my program have to work with middle school students?
While the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley, the Edible Schoolyard Project’s demonstration and training site, operates at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, we welcome training participants who work with students of all ages; pre-K-12 as well as college, university, and adult populations.
 
The content we develop and present at the Edible Schoolyard Trainings is relevant to and adaptable for programs working across diverse populations and contexts – in student age, background, subject area, staffing, climate, and geography.
Does my program have to be based in a public school?
The Edible Schoolyard Academy is designed for programs working in a variety of institutions. In previous years, Academy participants have represented programs based in public, charter, and independent schools. Previous participants also include representatives from a rural food bank, an American Indian community health initiative, and an array of non-profit organizations.
 
The Edible Schoolyard Intensive: Farm to School is designed for edible education and farm to school programs working in public, charter, and independent schools that participate in the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Programs. We also welcome participants from community organizations collaborating with schools and summer meal sites on farm-to-school initiatives, as well as key district staff, farmers, Cooperative Extension and supply chain partners.
Do I have to come as part of a team?
The Edible Schoolyard Academy accepts individual participants as well as small teams of 2-5 people. Teams generally consist of educators, administrators, and/or parents. We prioritize accepting team applications over applications from individuals.  
 
The Edible Schoolyard Intensive solely accepts teams consisting of 3-5 distinct farm to school stakeholders. Teams might include garden and kitchen teachers, school food service staff, classroom educators, nutritionists, cooperative extension staff,  administrators, or supply chain and community partners, among others. At least one team member attending the training must represent your school or district's food service program. During the Intensive, individual participants will follow separate tracks, attending sessions specially tailored to their role, for the first two days of the training. Day three of the Intensive will be focused on collaboration and planning time for the whole team.
Why are you requesting demographic information about our/my team?
The Edible Schoolyard Project is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the field of edible education. We believe that our movement is made stronger, more effective, and most relevant for our students and communities by the leadership of practitioners with a wide array of perspectives and experiences. Specifically, we are seeking to increase the number of youth and people of color attending our trainings and leading the field.
 
We strongly encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds, particularly from historically marginalized communities most impacted by the consequences of an unjust food system and underrepresented in the fields of education, health, and the environment. Teams who will contribute to the diversity of our training programs will be given preference during the review process.
Does my program need to have previously attended the Edible Schoolyard Academy to attend the Edible Schoolyard Intensive?

The Edible Schoolyard Intensive is intended for established farm to school programs with a demonstrated commitment to an integrated approach to edible education. The training is designed for experienced teams with defined roles. We encourage programs that have previously participated in the Edible Schoolyard Academy, or equivalent professional development trainings, to apply.

What materials will I receive as a participant?

Before your training begins, you will receive a packet containing accommodation and restaurant recommendations, directions, and a detailed agenda. All participants in Edible Schoolyard Trainings will receive a training binder, containing all the take-home materials and resources that will be referenced throughout the programming. All training materials will be published online. To see last years documents, visit the Academy libraries for the garden, kitchen, and program administration sessions.

Will we learn about school lunch reform?
School lunch reform is an integral part of edible education and will be discussed and addressed during the Edible Schoolyard Academy.
 
The Edible Schoolyard Intensive: Farm to School will have two days of programming focused on food service within the National School Meals Program. Experts from the Chef Ann Foundation and the USDA Farm to School team will be on hand to facilitate and lead sessions on local/regional procurement, operations, finances, menu and recipe planning, compliance, and professional development for food service staff.
What if I have dietary restrictions or need special accommodations to participate?
Please let us know when you fill out the registration form so that we can do our best to make you comfortable.
What meals are provided?

The Edible Schoolyard Academy provides breakfast and lunch June 27 - 30. We host one dinner on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:00 pm.

The Edible Schoolyard Intensive provides breakfast and lunch July 7-9. We host one dinner on Thursday, July 7th at 6:00 pm.

Is lodging included in the tuition fee?
Participants must arrange and pay for their own lodging and travel. Suggestions will be provided in the welcome packet. Participants for both the Edible Schoolyard Academy and the Edible Schoolyard Intensive will receive their welcome packet in late May.
Click here for some suggested places to stay.
What is the payment schedule?
In order to secure your place at the Edible Schoolyard Academy, participants must pay in full ($650/person) by May 15, 2016.
In order to secure your place at the Edible Schoolyard Intensive, participants must pay in full ($1,500/team) by May 15, 2016.
Credit cards, checks, and purchase orders are accepted.
Do you offer scholarships?

For the 2016 Edible Schoolyard Trainings, the Edible Schoolyard Project will offer full and partial tuition scholarships to enable participation from programs for whom tuition cost presents a hardship or barrier. Scholarship funds are available to California programs thanks to generous support from Sage Garden Project and Acme Bread Company and for national programs thanks to program support from Aetna Foundation and the USDA Farm to School Grant Program. Tuition support and waivers will be granted based on a program’s demonstrated financial need and potential to benefit from Edible Schoolyard Training participation. If you would like to apply for scholarship funds, you will be able to do so as part of the application process.

Do you know of programs that offer funding to attend Edible Schoolyard Trainings?
In previous years, attendees have funded their tuition from sources as varied as Federal Title I funds, the Fund for Teachers Fellowship, and school PTAs. Often participants have sought out a local supporter of their program and asked that person to sponsor their attendance by paying for all or part of it.
What is the cancelation policy? 
If you have paid the tuition but need to cancel your registration on or before May 15th, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel on or before June 5th, you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel after June 5th, you will receive a 25% refund. If you are accepted to attend and you have to cancel for any reason, you are welcome to apply again the following year, and we will make every effort to accept your application again.
How do I get Continuing Education Credits?

We are partnering with UC Davis to offer Continuing Education Credits for this summer's trainings. More information will be available in the welcome packet.